Stress and odor sensitivity in persons with noise sensitivity

Document identifier: oai:DiVA.org:ltu-76305
Access full text here:10.4103/1463-1741.112366
Keyword: Social Sciences, Psychology, Samhällsvetenskap, Psykologi, Chemical sensitivity, Environmental annoyance, Hypersensitivity, Olfaction, Sound
Publication year: 2013
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Abstract:

Previous research has indicated that sensory sensitivity/intolerance to a specific modality may be part of a more general environmental hypersensitivity, and possibly mediated by stress. This study investigated the relationship between noise sensitivity, perceived stress, and odor sensitivity in a group of men. A quasi-experimental design was used. One-hundred and thirty-four male undergraduate students completed Weinsteins noise sensitivity scale from which a low-sensitivity group (n = 16) and a high-sensitivity (n = 16) group were formed. These two groups were screened for loss in auditory and olfactory detection sensitivity, and completed the perceived stress questionnaire (PSQ) and the chemical sensitivity scale (CSS). One-way analysis of variance and Spearman correlational analyses were performed. Significantly higher scores on the PSQ (P < 0.05) and the CSS (P < 0.05) were found in the high noise-sensitivity group compared to the low noise-sensitivity group. These findings raise the question of whether the relation between noise and odor sensitivity reflects a general environmental sensitivity.

Authors

Steven Nordin

Umeå universitet, Institutionen för psykologi
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Jessica Körning Ljungberg

Umeå universitet, Institutionen för psykologi
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Anna-Sara Claeson

Umeå universitet, Institutionen för psykologi
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Gregory Neely

Umeå universitet, Institutionen för psykologi
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